The staff is headed by the Director, Professor Beverley Glover who is assisted by six heads of department and their teams.
About half of the staff are directly concerned with horticulture and the care of the plant collections displayed across the 40 acres of this outstanding heritage-listed Garden. The other positions cover science, education, development, visitor services and administration. Each year, seven trainees join the staff to complete the Certificate of Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship.
Professor Beverley Glover - Director
As Director, Professor Glover has overall responsibility for strategy and leadership in the Garden. This includes developing the Garden’s relationship with other parts of the University, the wider research community, other educational establishments, and the general public. Beverley is particularly focused on achieving a balance in meeting the Garden’s main objectives – which are research, teaching, outreach, and the provision of an amenity for the citizens of and visitors to Cambridge.
Professor Glover also co-manages, together with Professor Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme, an initiative of the Gatsby Charitable Trust.
Dr Sam Brockington - Curator
As Curator of the Garden, Dr Brockington has responsibility for managing the collections. These include the living collections, which comprise over 8,000 species, and the Cory Library, which is home to the Garden’s printed collections, including fine antiquarian volumes and early manuscripts. Sam’s key areas of responsibility include planning the future direction of the collections, overseeing the sourcing and documentation of new and diverse species, and promoting the use of the collections for research and teaching.
Sally Petitt - Head of Horticulture
Sally began her career at the Garden as a horticultural trainee and is now the Head of Horticulture. She supervises a team of 17 permanent horticultural staff across the Garden’s eight horticultural sections, and seven trainees. She also oversees the accredited trainee programme, The Cambridge Certificate in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship. @Sally_Petitt
Wendy Godfrey - Administrative Officer
Head of Learning (post currently vacant)
The learning team is made up of four learning officers, each responsible for a different strand of the Garden’s Learning programme. @CUBGEducation
- Head of Learning/ Hannah Elkington (Temporary Assistant Learning Officer) is responsible for the Adult Courses strand of the programme.
- Sally Lee is responsible for our Community and Family activities.
- Bronwen Richards is responsible for Schools learning.
- Chantal Helm is responsible for Higher Education and Research impact coordination
Anna Patterson Lee - Head of Development and Communications
Anna looks after the Garden’s communications with the public and visitors as well as developing projects with current and future funders.
The Communications team (which is Anna and Communications Co-ordinator Helen) has a broad remit from marketing our varied events to talking about latest research to come from the Garden and running the Garden’s social media pages. We are also assisted by two fantastic volunteers.